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Comet NEAT (C/2001 Q4)

In the past comets brought with them connotations of doom and gloom. Witnessing a comet in the night sky could very well be one of the scariest things a person might see up there in the heavens. Nowadays, given sufficient distance from the Earth, comets elicit a distinctly different reaction. People gaze at them in wonder from even bright city skies, and amateur astronomers enjoy the change in pace from their usual astronomical vistas. This comet, NEAT (C-2001 Q4), rounded the Sun in 2004 (the 2001 in the name is the year of discovery) and left on its journey to the outer part of the solar system. On its way, people in the northern hemisphere were able to catch a glimpse of it for a few months.

Last Updated: 26-Jun-2014

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76mm Televue (480mm f/6.3 refractor)

Canon Rebel (EOS) digital camera

Exposure = 2 minutes

Minimum credit line: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF